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>> pelley: tonight, the announcement no one on earth saw coming. pope benedict xvi becomes the first pope in six centuries to resign. allen pizzey in vatican city with what happens now. mark phillips on who might be next. tensions are high after reported sightings of the most wanted man in california. bill whitaker reports on the dragnet. we now know what a massive tornado left behind in mississippi -- >> that is big! >> pelley: while in new england they're counting the losses from the record blizzard. and cliff romesha receives the medal of honor. he tells david martin how he earned the highest award for valor. >> reporter: the citation says there were 400 enemy soldiers. >> and we had 52 great americans. didn't seem fair to them. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. when the news got out today, catholics all over the world were asking whether they had heard correctly. something that just doesn't happen just did: a pope resigned. pope benedict xvi, 85 years old and frail, told a meeting of cardinals today he
that just doesn't happen just did: a pope resigned. pope benedict xvi 85 years old and frail told a meeting of cardinals today he no longer has the physical and mental strength to carry out his responsibilities. on february 28 he will become the first phone step down since the 15th century, leaving the church in search of a new leader. we have a team of correspondents covering this historic day and the future of the catholic church beginning with allen pizzey in vatican city. >> reporter: the surprise announcement was delivered to a gathering of cardinals in latin. citing his age pope benedict said to do his work both strength of mind and body are necessary and that his have deteriorated "to the extent that i have to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." vatican sources said the pope had been considering his resignation for some time but the clerics who heard it were still taken by surprise according to bishop oscar sanchez. "we were all stunned" he said. "all the cardinals looked at each other and that was it. we asked for a last blessing." but perhaps they shou
to a gathering of cardinals in latin. citing his age, pope benedict said to do his work both strength of mind and body are necessary and that his have deteriorated "to the extent that i have to recognize my incapacity to fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." vatican sources said the pope had been considering his resignation for some time, but the clerics who heard it were still taken by surprise according to bishop oscar sanchez. "we were all stunned" he said. "all the cardinals looked atll each other and that was it.ook we asked for a last blessing." but perhaps they should have seen it coming. benedict has been in failing health for some time and had previously said he would consider resigning if he felt he could no longer carry on. but vatican officials said no specific medical condition prompted the resignation. vatican spokesman father federico lombardi said the pope acted with what he called "great freedom and clarity." >> we will continue to love him and to receive his love. >> reporter: benedict is one of the oldest popes to be elected at the age of 78 in 2005 and he had to cope with
, benedict xvi held his last audience as pope before he steps down tomorrow, and alan pizzey was there. ( cheers and applause ) >> reporter: it was one of his last public appearances and the normally shy pope made the most of it. causing to bless babies thrust towards him. the pope thanked the crowd and told them he was fully aware of the seriousness and novelty of his decision to resign. some of the cardinals, the princes of the church who will choose the new pope, were in the square. >> described as being a ship tossed on stormy seasons. his 8 year papacy had moments of joy light and also moments that haven't been easy and that at times it seemed as if the lord was sleeping. many in the crowd were moved to tears and the universal feeling towards the departing pope was good will. the vatican said that starting tomorrow benedict will retreat from view and lead a life of prayer and meditation. today he seemed more than happy with the plan. allen pizzey, rome. >> wall street is not retreating. far from it. the dow shot up 175 points today after federal reserve signal that interest rates
are among the princes of the church who will choose the successor to pope benedict xvi next month but ben tracy tells us that mahoney is under pressure to stay home. >> reporter: cardinal roger mahoney was the spiritual leader for four million catholics in los angeles, the largest archdiocese in the country. but many catholics are demanding the retired archbishop not attend the conclave. james salt is with catholics united. the group's petition with 6,000 signatures calls on mahoney to recruise himself from the vote. >> the conclave should be an opportunity to celebrate the future of catholicism. with the cardinal's participation, we are reminded of the sins of our leaders and second we're reminded of the general lack of accountability. >> reporter: church files released last month show mahoney conceald from police the names of priest accused of sex abuse. in 1988, he wrote to an aide: we can not give such a list for no cause whatsoever." mahoney no longer has any formal role in the local church. despite being sidelined here in los angeles, cardinal ha mahoney is still considered to be in
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